When I was an asthmatic teenager, I couldn't see the benefits of not being able to inhale smoke. Like any 16-year-old I was immortal, unharassed by fears of lung cancer, and would quite liked to have stood round outside the back of the school with the bad kids, proving I was cool with a pack of Camels.
I'm a bit different on the topic now. I'm glad I never started.
But who could have predicted that one day, not only would being a non-smoker have the benefit of tidy nails, clean lungs and a healthy sperm count... but it would also bag you extra days of holiday?
Interesting employer practices by this marketing firm in Japan -- grounded in pure practicality.
They're based on the 29th floor of an office block — meaning that any cigarette break lasts at least 15 minutes, according to staff.
So rather than nanny-stating the smokers, they're incentivising the non-smokers.
Smart. Probably controversial.
What do you think?
A Japanese company is granting its non-smoking staff an additional six days of holiday a year to make up for the time off smokers take for cigarette breaks. Marketing firm Piala Inc introduced the new paid leave allowance in September after non-smokers complained they were working more than their colleagues who smoked. Hirotaka Matsushima, a spokesman for the company, told The Telegraph: "One of our non-smoking staff put a message in the company suggestion box earlier in the year saying that smoking breaks were causing problems."